Book Series Textes et Etudes du Moyen Âge, vol. 80

Reading Sacred Scripture with Thomas Aquinas

Hermeneutical Tools, Theological Questions and New Perspectives

Piotr Roszak, Jörgen Vijgen (eds)

  • Pages: 601 p.
  • Size:165 x 240 mm
  • Illustrations:2 b/w, 15 col.
  • Language(s):English
  • Publication Year:2015

  • ISBN: 978-2-503-56227-8
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« Nos encontramos, en resumen, ante un utilísimo compendio de cuestiones (...) » (Juan Luis Caballero, in Scripta Theologica, 48, 2016, p. 523)


Piotr Roszak – is Assistant Professor of Dogmatic Theology in the Faculty of Theology at the Nicolaus Copernicus University in Torun (Poland) and Associate Professor at the University of Navarra (Spain). He is the director of the series “Scholastica Thoruniensia” which publishes polish translations of Aquinas’s commentaries on the Corpus Paulinum. He is a Member of Die Internationale Gesellschaft für Theologische Mediävistik e.V and Società Internazionale Tommaso d'Aquino (SITA) in Poland.

Jörgen Vijgen - is Professor of Philosophy at the St. Wilibrordus Philosophical-Theological Institute and at the St. Bonifatius Higher Institute for Religious Sciences, both at the Center for Ecclesiastical Formation of the Diocese of Haarlem-Amsterdam (Netherlands).


Thomas Aquinas is still most widely known for his works in systematic theology (Summa theologiae) and as a commentator of Aristotle. Recent decades, however, have seen a revived interest in Aquinas as a biblical scholar. The essays gathered in this volume explore the richness of his biblical commentaries by analyzing the hermeneutical tools employed in his reading of Scripture and investigating the contemporary relevance of his biblical exegesis. Its goal is to familiarize the contemporary reader with an indispensable dimension of his scholarly activity: as a master in Sacred Scripture (magister in sacra pagina) Aquinas taught theology as a form of speculative reading of the revealed Word of God and hence the reading of the various books of the Bible constituted the axis of his scriptural didactics. Altogether, the nineteen contributions in the volume offers an up-to-date analysis of Aquinas’s contribution to medieval biblical exegesis and points to ways in which it can enrich contemporary debates on the relation between exegesis and systematic theology.

Christopher Baglow, Timothy F. Bellamah, Lluís Clavell, Gilbert Dahan, Leo J. Elders, Jeremy Holmes, Daniel Keating, Matthew Levering, Enrique Martínez, Miroslaw Mróz, Mauricio Narváez, Marco Passarotti, Matthew J. Ramage, Elisabeth Reinhardt, Margherita Maria Rossi, Piotr Roszak, Olivier-Thomas Venard, Jörgen Vijgen, Robert J. Woźniak.


Piotr ROSZAK & Jörgen VIJGEN: Towards a ‘Biblical Thomism’:

Part 1: Hermeneutical Tools
Marco PASSAROTTI, What You Can Do with Linguistically Annotated Data. From the Index Thomisticus to the Index Thomisticus Treebank
Gilbert DAHAN, Thomas Aquinas: Exegesis and Hermeneutics
Elisabeth REINHARDT, Thomas Aquinas as Interpreter of Scripture in Light of his Inauguration Lectures
Jeremy HOLMES, Participation and the Meaning of Scripture
Piotr ROSZAK, The Place and Function of Biblical Citations in Thomas Aquinas’s Exegesis
Mauricio NARVÁEZ, Intention, probabiles rationes and Truth: The Exegetical Practice in Thomas Aquinas. The Case of the Expositio super Iob ad litteram
Margherita Maria ROSSI, Mind-space. Towards an “Environ-mental Method” in the Exegesis of the Middle Ages
Olivier-Thomas VENARD, Metaphor, Between Necessitas and Delectatio
Timothy F. BELLAMAH, The Interpretation of a Contemplative: Thomas’ Commentary Super Iohannem
Leo ELDERS, The Presence of the Church Fathers in Aquinas’ Commentaries on the Gospel of Matthew and the Gospel of John
Jörgen VIJGEN, The Use and Function of Aristotle in Aquinas’s Biblical Commentaries

Part 2: Theological Questions and New Perspectives
Matthew LEVERING, The Old Testament in Aquinas’s Moral Theology
Enrique MARTÍNEZ, The Elevation of Human Knowledge According to the Biblical Commentaries of Thomas Aquinas
Robert J. WOŹNIAK, An Emerging Theology Between Scripture and Metaphysics: Bonaventure, Aquinas and the Scriptural Foundation of Medieval Theology
Mirosław MRÓZ, Virtue Epistemology and Aquinas’s Biblical Commentary on the Corpus Paulinum
Lluís CLAVELL, Philosophy and Sacred Text: Mutual Hermeneutical Help. The Case of Ex 3:14 457
Matthew RAMAGE, In the Beginning: Aquinas, Benedict XVI, and the Book of Genesis
Daniel KEATING, Exegesis and Christology in Thomas Aquinas
Christopher BAGLOW, The Principle(s) of Ecclesial Nature: The Church in the Ephesians Commentary of St. Thomas Aquinas

Editions of the Works of Thomas Aquinas and Abbreviations
Ancient and Medieval Authors
Modern Authors
Contemporary authors

Index of Manuscripts
Index of Ancient and Medieval Names
Index of Modern and Contemporary Names